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not a rash, really, but what? just dry skin?

post #1 of 10
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DD, three and a half, has got these patches of raised bumps, kind of like goosebumps that don`t go away. She has, I think, four patches of them, about the size of a quarter to a silver dollar, on her back. They are itchy when she tries to go to sleep, but they haven`t opened at all. They aren`t red.

The first one as been there for several weeks now, without much change. I`ve been putting a heavy beeswax balm on them when she lets me, but that hasn`t done anything to make it go away. Her skin generally is pretty weak right now, as she had impetigo in the early summer, quite a few bad mosquito bites summer to fall, and then chicken pox in December. The inside of her elbows have a little redness, and she has dry red cheeks when she won`t let me put on the balm.

Anyway, none of this is causing her enough discomfort to warrant a trip to the doctor, and her regular dry skin I can control with the balm, but these patches are puzzling me. I should hate to realize that I have been ignoring the beginnings of something that will suddenly erupt into a medication-needed itchiness. What do you think -does it sound like a regular dry skin thing or something else?

thanks!
sara
sara
post #2 of 10
I would think potentially excema? Has anything changed? New food or soap or laundry detergent? My husband gets these sort of raw looking red patches on his shins if I use a certain laundry detergent.
post #3 of 10
Sounds like eczema to me.
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by wallabi View Post
DD, three and a half, has got these patches of raised bumps, kind of like goosebumps that don`t go away. She has, I think, four patches of them, about the size of a quarter to a silver dollar, on her back. They are itchy when she tries to go to sleep, but they haven`t opened at all. They aren`t red.

The first one as been there for several weeks now, without much change. I`ve been putting a heavy beeswax balm on them when she lets me, but that hasn`t done anything to make it go away. Her skin generally is pretty weak right now, as she had impetigo in the early summer, quite a few bad mosquito bites summer to fall, and then chicken pox in December. The inside of her elbows have a little redness, and she has dry red cheeks when she won`t let me put on the balm.

Anyway, none of this is causing her enough discomfort to warrant a trip to the doctor, and her regular dry skin I can control with the balm, but these patches are puzzling me. I should hate to realize that I have been ignoring the beginnings of something that will suddenly erupt into a medication-needed itchiness. What do you think -does it sound like a regular dry skin thing or something else?

thanks!
sara
sara
Are they white? Does it look like dry skin? If so that sounds like what my DD has and it tinea versicolor. The pics in this site don't look like DD's though but my ND assured me that's what she has. Try a tea tree oil soap and maybe that will help. I need to research it a little more. DD has them on her legs. They are big white spots that look like dry skin and feel rough. They have some little bumps on them too.

http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologi...ersicolor.html
post #5 of 10
Fatty acid deficiency can cause raised bumpy patches - but ime they aren't that itchy - but the dry-ness of them can nake it itchy after time.
post #6 of 10
DD had dry skin that looked contagious. My aunt, an NP, looked at her and then we took her to the doc b/c sometimes rashes on the stomach can be a sign of strep.

But nope.

Just dry skin.

They recommended Eucerin which just masked the dry skin, didn't treat it.

So I started making this dry skin wash (completely organic and natural) which has been amazing and so easy.

V
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks very much for the ideas.

I had been thinking it doesn`t look like any eczema I have encountered before, but on the advice here read up a little about childhood eczema and I see that one of it`s main features is that it can look different than expected. I am now racking my brain to think of anything diet or environmental that has changed recently.

that moisturizing body wash looks great. whether it works for dd or not, I shall be trying it for myself!

I will look into the fatty acid thing and the dermatological website, as well.

thanks for the suggestion!
post #8 of 10

Did you ever find a solution for this? Did she eventually just grow out of it? I'm pretty sure my 2-year-old has exactly the same thing going on.
 

post #9 of 10
My DD had something like that and it was diagnosed as molluscum contagiosum. She had several dry patches and random small bumps.
post #10 of 10
The original post makes me think zinc allergy, especially if the four patches matched with snaps on an outfit she wore. As for the new posts, I think more info is needed to be able to offer suggestions.
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